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    Lin, I could have written much of your post. I...

    Lin, I could have written much of your post. I love being retired for the reasons you mentioned and it's had an impact on the success of my photography business. I had a strong work ethic, too, but...
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    Is there a way to illustrate just how much it...

    Is there a way to illustrate just how much it costs to heat the house to 71? Like him handing you cash to pay that bill? Or making him pay that bill? :) We have that difference here as well, but at...
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    A couple of years ago, when I was trying to ditch...

    A couple of years ago, when I was trying to ditch our expensive postpaid plan, Mr. Moustache and its forum frequently promoted RW service for its rock-bottom-pricing "badassity". Their resident...
  4. It has turned out to be butternut-squash week...

    It has turned out to be butternut-squash week here. Got a big squash from DW's sister's garden. I baked it with some sauteed onions, Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs, and Parmesan...
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    early morning, peanut oil does have a flavor...

    early morning, peanut oil does have a flavor which I find appropriate for most Asian cooking and some Caribbean dishes -- a flavor different from olive oil or bacon fat. I wouldn't use it for most...
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    Absolutely with you there! I can read far faster...

    Absolutely with you there! I can read far faster than most people talk, and most written text contains visual clues that break up the information so I can jump to the next paragraph or chapter. With...
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    DW gets the Saturday and Sunday dead-tree papers....

    DW gets the Saturday and Sunday dead-tree papers. She likes turning the pages and reading on paper. I'd much rather read on-line, where I can look things up quickly or hit Wikipedia for some...
  8. I once moved into an apartment with a wonderful...

    I once moved into an apartment with a wonderful turquoise cooktop (gives you an idea of how old it was). The crumb trays under the (open) burners were caked with grease. Years worth, I'm sure....
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    Airvoice does have very good customer support;...

    Airvoice does have very good customer support; American-based and everyone I've spoken with in billing or tech support was courteous and prompt. Contrast to the many America Movil companies...
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    I much prefer peanut oil to olive oil as it has a...

    I much prefer peanut oil to olive oil as it has a much higher smoke point. Given the high temperatures to which the piece is exposed, I'd rather use an oil that does not gum up.
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    Agreed. And people can have bad days. And middle...

    Agreed. And people can have bad days. And middle managers in particular, IMHO, have it the worst because they get squeezed by upper management and by the people who report to them. I would not chalk...
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    For the right person, RW is okay. But: - the...

    For the right person, RW is okay. But:

    - the phone choice is abysmal. A couple of phones and all the smartphones are Android (sorry; not interested in selling my life's story to Google). In...
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    Same with (on-line but not on-line-only)...

    Same with (on-line but not on-line-only) merchants who start sending you emails even before you've finished placing your Web order, but somehow cannot manage to remove you from their spam firehose in...
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    My thanks, too, Alan, for taking this on. If I...

    My thanks, too, Alan, for taking this on. If I can help with anything, please PM me.
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    I think this is the boat in which a lot of people...

    I think this is the boat in which a lot of people find themselves.

    I worked in a company of 60,000 and yet when it was time to test the nameofcompany.com Web site, the person they came to was me....
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    It sounds like pretty much everyone has committed...

    It sounds like pretty much everyone has committed themselves to phone companies. But I'll toss in a couple of data points:

    - Transferring your phone number ("number portability") is the law of the...
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    Happy birthday! Sounds like it will be a day you...

    Happy birthday! Sounds like it will be a day you enjoy.
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    Where I worked, they went from a policy of...

    Where I worked, they went from a policy of allowing fairly generous banking of days (annual plus up to twice your annual extra) to only allowing the annual allotment -- use it or lose it. There was...
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    Dating at work is very situational. I've worked...

    Dating at work is very situational. I've worked at organizations which would not allow any other member of your family to work there and which did not tolerate lunches between two single employees....
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    It makes me wonder how much less expensive some...

    It makes me wonder how much less expensive some catalog products would be if they didn't have the expenses of mailing after mailing after mailing...


    The latest tactic I've seen is for the...
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    Two items I have not seen mentioned: - Once...

    Two items I have not seen mentioned:

    - Once (about 15 years ago now) we got caught between a delayed closing on our sold house and the closing on the one we'd purchased. We got a "bridge loan"...
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    Bay area is a great choice. Vancouver would be...

    Bay area is a great choice. Vancouver would be nice, too, except for that gets-dark-early thing (or maybe that's no issue for you); I don't know if Canada is considered an "international" destination...
  23. Very true, Rosie! It was nice for us to have a...

    Very true, Rosie!

    It was nice for us to have a financial advisor confirm our planning, too. So I'm retired early now and DW has her sights set on 2019 (30 years with the county). But DW also knows...
  24. kib, in our case, we're talking about four or...

    kib, in our case, we're talking about four or five other couples. All of them have kids, but not all of them live here (or want to), so that succession-planning thing just gets more and more...
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    We just finished a similar exercise. ...

    We just finished a similar exercise.

    Background: I worked at five different companies and had two pensions and two IRAs to show for it. One pension came from Company A, which phased out its...
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